In this video, Tim Squirrell (University of Edinburgh) covers the basics of analysis, looking at the main questions you need to ask yourself when trying to make an argument in a university essay. It is fourth in a series of videos providing some basic tips on how to write better essays Aimed at undergraduate students, it is applicable to essays more broadly construed. Please find below a rough transcript of this section, taken from the original blog post, 'How to write undergraduate essays', which can be found here.
Summary: why is it true? Why is it important? Structure: claim, counter-claim, rebut counter-claim. Don’t be mean to your opponents.
This is the stuff that actually makes up your argument. If you perform poorly at this, you might as well pack up and go home. Luckily, it’s really not that hard.
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